Cloud Computing For Dummies

Cloud Computing For Dummies

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By (author) Judith Hurwitz, By (author) Robin Bloor, By (author) Marcia Kaufman, By (author) Fern Halper

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 231mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470484705
  • ISBN 13: 9780470484708
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 180,785

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The easy way to understand and implement cloud computing technology written by a team of experts Cloud computing can be difficult to understand at first, but the cost-saving possibilities are great and many companies are getting on board. If you've been put in charge of implementing cloud computing, this straightforward, plain-English guide clears up the confusion and helps you get your plan in place. You'll learn how cloud computing enables you to run a more green IT infrastructure, and access technology-enabled services from the Internet ("in the cloud") without having to understand, manage, or invest in the technology infrastructure that supports them. You'll also find out what you need to consider when implementing a plan, how to handle security issues, and more.* Cloud computing is a way for businesses to take advantage of storage and virtual services through the Internet, saving money on infrastructure and support* This book provides a clear definition of cloud computing from the utility computing standpoint and also addresses security concerns* Offers practical guidance on delivering and managing cloud computing services effectively and efficiently* Presents a proactive and pragmatic approach to implementing cloud computing in any organization* Helps IT managers and staff understand the benefits and challenges of cloud computing, how to select a service, and what's involved in getting it up and running* Highly experienced author team consults and gives presentations on emerging technologies Cloud Computing For Dummies gets straight to the point, providing the practical information you need to know.

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Judith Hurwitz (President & CEO), Robin Bloor (Partner & Senior Consultant), Marcia Kaufman (Partner & COO), and Fern Halper (Partner & Senior Data Management Strategist) are executives at Hurwitz & Associates, strategy consultants specializing in cloud computing, information and service management, and SOA. The team works with industry leaders on strategy and planning. They are the authors of Service Management For Dummies and Service Oriented Architecture For Dummies.

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Get your head into the clouds --learn what cloud computing is and how to use itThere's a lot more to cloud computing than you may realize. This book takes you through the options, what they can do for your company, how to choose the best approach for your business, and how to build a strategy. You'll learn about managing and securing cloud services and get down-to-earth advice about planning your move to the cloud.Get hold of the cloud -- discover how the cloud differs from traditional hardware/software-based resourcesTechie nitty gritty -- explore the technical foundation and evolution of the cloud Show me the money -- analyze how much a cloud data center can save your company in power, labor, property, and other expensesThe cloud tour -- examine the elements of the cloud and service options for infrastructure, platform, and softwareWho's in charge here? -- learn about cloud management and how governance is defined inside the cloudRisk and reward -- recognize the assorted risks and how to determine acceptable risk levelsCloud security -- understand how to plan for a secure and compliant cloud environment Plan for the plunge -- create a detailed plan for implementationOpen the book and find: The characteristics of the cloudImportant security issues and how to handle themCloud standards and best practices Efficiencies of the cloudQuestions to ask a potential cloud vendor Groups that clarify, promote, and maintain standardsHow the cloud relates to SOAHow cloud users benefit from elasticity and scalability

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Introducing Cloud Computing. Chapter 1: Grasping the Fundamentals. Chapter 2: Discovering the Value of the Cloud for Business. Chapter 3: Getting Inside the Cloud. Chapter 4: Developing Your Cloud Strategy. Part II: Understanding the Nature of the Cloud. Chapter 5: Seeing the Advantages of the Highly Scaled Data Center. Chapter 6: Exploring the Technical Foundation for Scaling Computer Systems. Chapter 7: Checking the Cloud's Workload Strategy. Chapter 8: Managing Data. Chapter 9: Discovering Private and Hybrid Clouds. Part III: Examining the Cloud Elements. Chapter 10: Seeing Infrastructure as a Service. Chapter 11: Exploring Platform as a Service. Chapter 12: Using Software as a Service. Chapter 13: Understanding Massively Scaled Applications and Business Processes. Chapter 14: Setting Some Standards. Part IV: Managing the Cloud. Chapter 15: Managing and Securing Cloud Services. Chapter 16: Governing the Cloud. Chapter 17: Virtualization and the Cloud. Chapter 18: Managing Desktops and Devices in the Cloud. Chapter 19: Service Oriented Architecture and the Cloud. Chapter 20: Managing the Cloud Environment. Part V: Planning for the Cloud. Chapter 21: Banking on Cloud Economics. Chapter 22: Starting Your Journey to the Cloud. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 23: Ten (Plus One) Swell Cloud Computing Resources. Chapter 24: Ten Cloud Dos and Don'ts. Glossary. Index.